Praxair opens largest Bahrain air separation plant

Praxair has started up its first air separation plant in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the company said on Wednesday.

As part of the long-term contract, Praxair will supply oxygen, nitrogen and argon to United Steel Company to support the company’s ongoing expansion efforts. 

“We are proud to have been chosen to support United Steel Company’s expansion in the Middle East, and we look forward to working together to promote industrial development in the region,” said Vipin Sher, managing director of the Middle East for Praxair.

“The start-up of this plant, along with the earlier acquisition of Bahrain Medical and Industrial Gas Plants, establishes Praxair as a fully-integrated industrial gases business in Bahrain, complete with on-site, merchant and packaged gas operations.”

Praxair’s plant has the capacity to produce 350 tpd of oxygen, making it the largest air separation unit in Bahrain. Located in the Al-Hidd industrial area, United Steel Company is the first fully-integrated medium and heavy beams and structural steel sections producer in the Middle East, serving industries such as infrastructure, construction and industrial.

Praxair’s air separation plant will also produce liquid nitrogen, oxygen and argon to supply a diverse group of customers in the regional merchant market, including refineries and chemical plants.

“As a result of this expansion, [United Steel Company] will be one of the lowest cost steel producers in the world,” said Khalid A Al-Qadeeri, the company's chairman and managing director. “And, we are confident that Praxair, with its extensive experience in supporting the steel industry, will provide us with safe, reliable and efficient operations.”

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